Photo of the Week – June 17, 2016

I’m just back from a great week in the Nebraska Sandhills.  I saw an amazing array of wildlife, invertebrates, plants and landscapes.  Of the many wildflowers in bloom this week, none punctuated the hills more beautifully than yucca (aka soapweed).  As always, nearly every yucca stem with actively blooming flowers hosted an abundance of yucca moths, the only pollinator of yucca plants.  If you aren’t familiar with the incredible relationship between yucca moths and yucca plants, you can read about it in a previous post.

Yucca moths in the early morning. Nebraska Sandhills - Cherry County.
Yucca moths in the early morning. Nebraska Sandhills – Cherry County.

I’ll post some more Sandhills photos next week…

3 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – June 17, 2016

  1. margy stewart June 17, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Love the pics & the info! People use yucca occasionally in landscaping around here but I’ve never seen it in the wild, in the tall grass prairie. So now you’ve made me curious: Do occasional moths appear in people’s yards to pollinate the occasional yucca? Or perhaps ornamental yucca are infertile. ..
    Margy
    prairiecommunity.blogspot.com
    PS. I tried to follow the link to an article by Laura Hebert from your earlier yucca post but was taken to Elzie McCord professional homepage.

    • Chris Helzer June 18, 2016 / 6:26 am

      I’m curious too! I don’t know the answer about moths in yards but I will be looking when I next see them… I’ll try to fix that link. Thanks

  2. Patricia Mettenbrink June 22, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Great article in ‘ Wildflower’ Lady Bird’s wildflower center magazine!

    Sent from my iPhone

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